First and 10
• The No. 15-ranked Washburn Ichabods will look to improve to 5-0 overall and in MIAA play when they travel to Bolivar, Mo. to face Southwest Baptist on Oct. 5.
• The contest will be the homecoming game for the Bearcats.
• Washburn topped Central Oklahoma 28-19 last time out in the MIAA TV Game of the Week.
• The Bearcats topped Missouri Southern last time out in a 38-33 win handing the Lions their first loss of the season.
• Washburn is making its first trip for a game in Bolivar since an Ichabod win on Nov. 10, 2007 in a 37-14 win.
• Washburn is 7-3 all-time in games played in Bolivar.
• The Bearcats put down artificial turf this summer replacing the natural grass field which the Ichabods played on in their last trip to Plaster Stadium.
Numbers to know
• 12 - The number of interceptions the Ichabods have this season which leads the NCAA Division II rankings and the MIAA.
• 6 - The number of games in a row the Ichabods have won over the Bearcats.
• 14 - The number of Ichabod scoring drives this season which have been under five plays.
• 28 - The number of Ichabod scoring drives this season.
• 47 - The number of rushing yards the Ichabods were held to against Central Oklahoma in the 2013 meeting.
• 46 - The number of rushing yards the Ichabods were held to against Central Oklahoma in 2012 in a 35-20 loss.
• 78 - The number of rushing yards the Ichabods were held to in a win against Northwest Missouri on Oct. 8, 2005 - the fewest rushing yards in a Washburn win in the Schurig era.
• 6-1 - Washburn head coach Craig Schurig's record against teams from Oklahoma. (2-0 vs Northeastern State, 2-1 vs Central Oklahoma, 2-0 vs Langston).
• 3 and 2 - The number of third down conversions the Ichabods had (3) and the number of fourth down conversions (2) the Ichabods had. Washburn was 3 of 14 on third down converting to a first down and 2 of 3 going for it on fourth down.
• 1 for 7 - Washburn conversion rate on third down in the first half.
• 7 - The number of Ichabods who reached the 300-tackle plateau before Bryce Atagi became the eighth Ichabod to reach the mark for a career at Washburn with 12 tackles against Central Oklahoma.
• 2 - Number of interceptions the Ichabods recorded in Central Oklahoma's final two drives of the game with INT's by Jaime Myers and Dwayne Joseph.
• 204:49 - The amount of time in minutes and seconds of 240:00 the Ichabods have been in the lead in games this season -- 85 percent.
• 22:50 - The amount of time in minutes and seconds of 240:00 the Ichabods have been tied in games this season -- 10 percent.
• 12:21 - The amount of time in minutes and seconds of 240:00 the Ichabods have trailed in games this season -- 5 percent.
• 2 - Number of punt returns the Ichabods have had this season for touchdowns - one by Jaime Myers last time out and one by Isaac Wright off a blocked punt against Nebraska-Kearney.
• 13.0 - The number of points the Ichabods are allowing this season which leads the MIAA.
• 310.5 - The number of yards Southwest Baptist is averaging through the air this season, which is fourth in the MIAA.
• 214.2 - The number of yards the Washburn defense is allowing through the air this season, which is fourth in the MIAA.
Ichabod head coach Craig Schurig . . .
• was named head coach of the Ichabod football program Dec. 28, 2001.
• is 83-48 (.602) in his 12th season as the Ichabod head coach.
• is 66-38 (.630) against the MIAA.
• has led the Ichabods to three NCAA Playoff appearances and two bowl appearance championships.
• led the Ichabods to the 2005 MIAA regular season outright championship.
• has recorded nine-straight winning seasons for the first time in the program's history.
• led the Ichabods to the program's first 10-win season and their first NCAA or NAIA playoff game victory in school history with a win over Abilene Christian during the 2011 season.
• is Washburn's all-time winningest coach with 83 wins.
• is 6-1 against Southwest Baptist.
Bearcats head coach Craig Schuler . . .
• is in his first season on the Bearcat bench after coming to SBU from Lindenwood University.
• prior to going to SBU he completed his ninth year as an assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Lindenwood in 2012 season where he also served as recruiting coordinator.
• led one of the most prolific offenses in the nation during his tenure at Lindenwood, including averaging 45 points per game since the beginning of the 2009 season (45-game stretch).
• in 2010 Schuler's offense averaged a national record 8.94 yards per snap.
• Senior tight end Tore' Hurst has started the last 30 games playing in 39 games and he leads the team this season with 13 catches … he ranks fifth all-time at Washburn with 19 touchdown receptions while he is 13th in receiving yards with 1,486 and 10th in receptions with 106 on the Ichabod career chart … his 19 touchdown receptions is the most in school history by a tight end.
• Junior quarterback Mitch Buhler has made 14 starts at Washburn passing for 2,966 career yards and 28 touchdowns.
• Sophomore running back Sean McPherson has rushed for 905 yards in his career and leads the Ichabods with 169 yards rushing this season and two scores on the ground … he is out for this week's game with a knee injury.
• Junior DaJuan Beard has 10 catches for 112 yards and one score … against Northeastern State he went over the 1,500-yard plateau for career receiving yards and he needs two catches for 100 in his career … he is the 12th Ichabod to go over the 1,500-yard career receiving mark … he will be questionable this week with a thumb injury.
• Sophomore Jordan Hart leads the Ichabods with three touchdown receptions and 319 receiving yards … he has seven touchdown receptions in his career.
• Senior center Kyle Duncan has started the last 28 games for the Ichabods on the offensive line while playing in 35 overall.
• Senior Matt Kobbeman became the 12th Ichabod to go over 100 receptions in his career … his 103 receptions is 12th all-time at Washburn … his 1,340 career receiving yards is 15th all-time for the Ichabods.
• Junior Vershon Moore went over the 2,000-yard mark for his career as he now has 2,131 rushing yards in 23 games … the yardage total is seventh all-time at Washburn … his 118.1 all-purpose yards per game is the top in school history.
• Junior Dylan Ready has played in 25 games on the offensive line and has started at left tackle, left guard and right tackle on the offensive line.
• Junior wide receiver Tyrell Brown is coming off a career-high game against Central Oklahoma … he had four catches for 117 yards and his first career touchdown at Washburn … for his career he has 11 catches for 250 yards and 25 rushes for 148 yards.
• Senior inside linebacker Bryce Atagi has started 30 career games playing in 40 overall … he is seventh all-time at Washburn with 301 total tackles … his 159 assisted tackles is fourth all-time and his 282.5 career tackles for loss is sixth all-time at Washburn … his two interception returns for touchdown is tied for second all-time at Washburn.
• Senior linebacker Willie Williams has started the last 27 games appearing in 39 overall and has recorded 181 tackles with 85 solo stops.
• Senior defensive end Adebayo Oladapo has started the last 15 games appearing in 32 overall recording 63 tackles with 12 for loss and six sacks while picking off three passes.
• Senior linebacker Ryan Macken has played in 28 games making eight starts tallying 105 tackles with 53 solo stops and 10.5 tackles for loss.
• Junior safety Calvin Kenney has played in 28 games making 23 starts tallying 114 tackles with 69 solo stops with three interceptions.
• Junior defensive tackle Alex Dowty leads the Ichabods with 13.5 tackles for loss for 35 yards and 5.5 sacks for 35 yards.
• Senior Jake Cervantes has started 15 games on the defensive line and has recorded 73 tackles with 9.0 tackles for loss with four sacks for 25 yards … he also has one interception against Central Missouri as a sophomore.
• Senior Cameron Jackson has started 15 games on the defensive line and has 12 tackles for loss and 50 career tackles adding five sacks.
• Senior cornerback Devon Connors has 87 career tackles with 64 solo stops and five career interceptions …also has averaged 27.9 yards per kickoff return … has a interception return for a touchdown, a kickoff return for a touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown.
On special teams
• Senior wide receiver/kickoff return specialist Mark Fancher's 1,412 kickoff return yards is second all-time at Washburn and his 64 kickoff returns is third all-time … in 2012 he broke a 22-year old Washburn record with his 38 kickoff returns and 786 kickoff return yards … he saw his first action of the season against Northeastern State.
• Redshirt freshman Justin Linn was named the MIAA special teams player of the week after the Nebraska-Kearney game after connecting on three field goals in three attempts including a 51-yard connection … the kick was one shy of the Washburn record … he is 7 of 10 on field goals this season hitting 4 of 4 beyond 40 yards.
• Junior Aaron Hummert has 111 punts for 4,563 yards averaging 41.1 yards per punt playing in 28 career games … his 41.11 career punting average is the best in school history … he has punted 14 times in 2013 … his career 41.11 yards per punt is third among active punters in the NCAA … he attempted his first career pass at Washburn against Northeastern State.
• Sophomore punt returner Jaime Myers returned his first career return for a touchdown against Northeastern State … for his career he has 35 returns for 272 yards and one touchdown averaging 11.5 yards per return this season.
Bods and ends . . .
Akhmad Abdul-Razzaq had two pass break ups against Central Oklahoma setting a career high … the 90 all-purpose yards by Devon Connors was a career-high as was the 49-yard kickoff return … Dwayne Josephrecorded his first interception of his career and his six tackles were also a career high … the 10 tackles byCalvin Kenney was a career-high … converted linebacker Mark Kolmer had his first career reception from a fullback spot against Central Oklahoma … Vershon Moore tied a career high with 18 points against Central Missouri and his 92 receiving yards were also a career high … Jaime Myers' 26-yard interception return for a career-long for him … D.J. Wakes had a career-high 10 tackles against the Bronchos including his first sack.
Know the foe
• Saturday's game is the homecoming game for the Bearcats.
• SBU is 1-3 this season after handing Missouri Southern its first loss of the season in a 38-33 win last time out.
• The Bearcats are averaging 413 yards per game while allowing 431.5.
• Overall they are scoring 27.2 points per game while allowing 41.8 points per game.
• The Bearcats have been outscored 24 to 7 in the first quarter and 49 to 10 in the third quarter.
• ViaVia Manuma is averaging 68 yards per game on the ground.
• Willie Tindal is 75 for 125 passing with nine touchdowns and six interceptions averaging 304 yards per game.
• Derw Lauderdale is averaging 124.5 yards per game receiving for the Bearcats.
• Defensively Shaquille Shedd leads the team with 40 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Series history with Southwest Baptist
Series Record: WU leads 15-5-0
Streak: WU has won the last six
First Meeting: SBU 34-19 (11/4/1989) in Bolivar
Last Meeting: WU 42-14 (09/29/2012) in Topeka
Last WU win: 42-14 (09/29/2012) in Topeka
Last SBU win: 26-20 (11/16/2002) in Bolivar
Largest WU win: 58-21 (10/14/2000) in Topeka
Largest SBU win: 48-20 (11/10/2001) in Bolivar
Series Notes with Southwest Baptist
• Washburn has won the last six games.
• The two teams have not met in Bolivar, Mo., since a 37-14 win on Nov. 10, 2007.
• Washburn is 7-3 in games played in Bolivar.
Last meeting between Washburn and Southwest Baptist (9/29/13)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Washburn Ichabods held Southwest Baptist to 145 total yards including just 17 yards in the second half in a 42-14 win over the Bearcats. In the second frame, the Bearcats ran 20 plays for -10 yards while gaining 27 yards on 12 plays in the fourth quarter.
Washburn (4-1, 4-1 MIAA) scored first after the teams traded punts to start the game. Mitch Buhler hit Tore' Hurst on a 13-yard passing play to put the Ichabods on the board with 10:18 to play in the first quarter. The Bearcats (1-4, 1-4 MIAA) took advantage of an Ichabod turnover on a punt return and set up shop on the Ichabod 22. Five plays later Southwest Baptist's Dan Connors connected with Just Duhaney for a 9-yard touchdown pass knotting the score with 6:13 to play in the first.
Washburn took the lead for good with a Hayden Groves 3-yard run with 13:39 to play in the first half as he wrapped up a 9-play, 58-yard drive putting the Ichabods infront 14-7. Washburn extended its lead on their next possession when Joel Piper hit Hurst on an 8-yard touchdown pass with 9:45 to play in the half.
After a three-and-out by the Bearcats, Piper hit a streaking Jordan Hart down the sideline for a 47-yard touchdown connection stretching the Ichabod lead to 28-7 midway through the first half as the Ichabods took a three touchdown lead into the break.
Neither team scored in the third quarter as both team struggled offensively. The Ichabods held SBU to the -10 yards of offense while the Ichabods had 22 plays for 50 yards going a combined 0 for 7 on third and fourth down conversion opportunities.
After a tipped punt from the SBU end zone, Washburn took over at their own 15 and Kameron Stewart had four straight carries finishing it off with a 2-yard run putting Washburn up 35-7 with 12:51 to play in the game.
SBU came back with a scoring drive on its next possession to score on an MJ Swortwood rush cutting the Ichabod lead to 35-14 with 10:21 to play.
After more punts, Washburn regained possession and Piper hit Connor Crimmins on a 19-yard touchdown pass with 1:35 remaining to put the Ichabods up 42-14 to finish off the scoring as the Ichabods picked up their sixth-straight win over SBU.
Stewart became the first Ichabod to go over the 100-yard mark in a game this season rushing for 104 yards on 20 carries and the lone score. At quarterback, Piper was 7 of 12 for 128 yards and three touchdown passes. Hurst led the Ichabods with four catches for 37 yards and two scores.
Defensively, the Ichabods recorded 14 tackles for loss for 76 yards as Bryce Atagi led the team with 14 tackles including two for loss. Ryan Macken had nine tackles. Alex Dowty and Corey Walker each had 1.5 sacks as Washburn finished with six sacks for 50 yards on the afternoon. Isaac Wright and Jaime Myers each had interceptions for Washburn.
Robert McWright had 36 yards rushing to lead SBU while Swortwood was 11 of 26 for 67 yards.
The Ichabods finished with 408 total yards while holding SBU to 145 in the game.
Last time out for Southwest Baptist vs Missouri Southern (9/28/13)
EDMOND (Sept. 28) – Bolivar, Mo. - The Southwest Baptist University football team completed a great comeback against Missouri Southern on Saturday evening in Bolivar. SBU found themselves down 20 in the second quarter, but would erase the deficit and claim a 38-33 victory.
Missouri Southern used a strong ground game to take an early lead in the contest. Missouri Southern would take a 7-0 lead after the first quarter of play off of Michael Nelson touchdown run. Southern would add 13 more points, and a fumbled snap of an extra point, would give the Lions a 20-0 lead.
Southwest Baptist would get on the scoreboard with 9:50 to go in the first half when Willie Tindal hit Derwyn Lauderdale with a 10 yard pass to cut the lead to 20-7. Missouri Southern added another touchdown before the Bearcats found the endzone for a second time on the evening. With 6:05 left in the half, Tindal hit Evan Ray with an 86 yard bomb to pull SBU within 13 at 27-14.
In the second half the Bearcats came out in dominating fashion. The defense came up with big stop after big stop, holding Missouri Southern scoreless in the second half until the final minute of play. The Bearcats started to chip away the lead when ViaVia Manuma punched in a touchdown from 1 yard out to pull SBU back within 6. SBU continued to push when Tindal found Nathan Mourik across the middle of the field for a 50 yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter, giving the Bearcats their first lead of the game at 28-27.
SBU added to their lead with a 23 yard field goal, going up 31-27. On the following kickoff, the Bearcats would recover an onside kick and finish off their drive with a Robert McWright 5 yard touchdown run to give the Bearcats their biggest lead of the evening at 38-27. Missouri Southern would add another touchdown with 1:03 to go in the game, but SBU would recover the attempted onside kick to seal the 38-33 victory.
Willie Tindal had a tremendous second half, throwing for 227 yards and a score, while finishing the game with 399 passing yards with 3 touchdowns. Derwyn Lauderdale and Evan Ray both went over the century mark in receiving yards, with Lauderdale hauling in a game high 130 yards and Ray picking up 122 yards, and both receivers also found the endzone. ViaVia Manuma broke a couple of big runs off for SBU and ended the day with 81 rushing yards on 12 carries and a score.
Defensively Shaquille Shedd and Johnathan Drury both led SBU with 9 tackles a piece, while Ivan Hodges had 8 tackles. Drury also added the lone Bearcat sack, while Evan Ray had two pass breakups.
Last time out for Washburn vs Central Oklahoma (9/28/13)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The No. 18 Washburn Ichabods trailed for the first time this season but rallied to take a 28-19 win over Central Oklahoma to remain perfect at 4-0.
Central Oklahoma scored the first points of the game with eight minutes to play in the first quarter on a Adrian Nelson to Marquez Clark for 34 yards as the Bronchos scored the only points of the quarter.
The Ichabods tied the score when Vershon Moore capped a 9-play, 55-yard drive with a 1-yard dive with 10:39 left in the first half. It would be the only points of the first half for the Ichabods as the score was tied at 7-7.
Washburn scored the first points of the second half after each team traded punts on their first two drives of the half. Mitch Buhler hit Tyrell Brown for an 80-yard touchdown strike on a third and one to put the Ichabods up 14-7. Central Oklahoma used three plays and 89 yards to cut the Washburn lead to 14-13 with 1:31 left in the third quarter after Seth Hiddink's point after attempt was missed.
After a 49-yard kickoff return by Devon Connors setting Washburn up and the UCO 40, Buhler connected with Moore for a 40-yard screen pass putting Washburn up 21-13 with 1:11 to play.
After the Ichabods forced a punt on UCO's next drive Washburn was intercepted returning the ball back to the Bronchos. The Ichabod defense forced another UCO punt, but Washburn muffed the return and UCO recovered at the Ichabod 1-yard line. Two plays later UCO scored on a 1-yard run by Josh Birmingham. UCO went for two, but the pass was broken up by Dwayne Joseph.
Moore wrapped up another drive with a 5-yard score on the ground with 8:30 left in the fourth quarter finishing the scoring for each team.
Washburn finished with season lows of 15 first downs and 47 rushing yards on 36 carries in the game. The Bronchos recorded 21 first downs and 131 yards on the ground.
Buhler finished with 349 yards passing going 17 of 29 with one interception and two touchdown passes. Brown had career-highs of four catches for 117 yards. Moore had four catches for 92 yards and one score and Jordan Hart and four catches for 86 yards.
Defensively, the Ichabods were led by Bryce Atagi who had 12 tackles with eight solo stops and 1.5 tackles for loss and a half sack. Ryan Macken had 11 tackles with five solo stops. Calvin Kenney and D.J. Wakeseach had 10 tackles. Washburn finished with seven tackles for loss for 28 yards and three sacks for 17 yards.
Birmingham had 18 carries for 69 yards and one score and Adrian Nelson was 22 of 37 for 308 yards with one score and two interceptions. Clark finished with seven catches for 125 yards and the one score.
Washburn's over Central Oklahoma . . .
• lifted the Ichabods to 521-554-44 in their football history.
• made the Ichabods' 2-0 against the Bronchos overall in games played in Topeka.
• made the Ichabods 2-1 all-time against the Bronchos.
• improved the Ichabods to 4-0 in the MIAA for the first time since the 2011 season and for only the third time in school history …Washburn started the 2005 season, the year they won the MIAA Championship, 7-0 before losing the regular season finale to Missouri Western.
Washburn football history
Washburn is 521-554-44 (.480) in the 123rd year of Ichabod football.
A win for Washburn over Southwest Baptist would . . .
• lift the Ichabods to 522-554-44 in their football history.
• be the seventh in a row for the Ichabods over the Bearcats.
• give the Ichabods a 16-5 all-time series lead in the series.
• improve the Ichabods to 5-0 in the MIAA for the first time since the 2011 season and for only the third time in school history …Washburn started the 2005 season, the year they won the MIAA Championship, 7-0 before losing the regular season finale to Missouri Western.
A loss for Washburn to Southwest Baptist would . . .
• drop the Ichabods to 521-555-44 in their football history.
• drop the Ichabods to 15-6 all-time against the Bearcats.
• be the Bearcats' first win over the Ichabods since a 26-20 win over Washburn on Nov. 16, 2002 in Bolivar.
• snap the Ichabods' six-game winning streak over Bearcats.
Ichabods in the national polls
WACO, Texas -- The Washburn Ichabod football team moved up three spots from No. 18 to No. 15 in the latest American Football Coaches Association top 25 poll which was released Monday.
Among other MIAA schools, Northwest Missouri is ranked No. 3 while Missouri Western is ranked sixth and Pittsburg State is ranked 10th and Emporia State is ranked 24th.
Under head coach Craig Schurig, the Ichabods have been ranked or have received votes in the AFCA poll 45 times.
The Ichabods will open a three-game homestand facing Lincoln on Oct. 12 before stepping out of MIAA play to face Fort Valley State on Oct. 17 in a Thursday night contest and then take on Lindenwood on Oct. 26 as part of Washburn's Homecoming Weekend.